Downtown park will get makeover

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It’s a large park in the middle of downtown, but many people don’t know it exists.
 
Charles Carroll Plaza was built in the 1960s along the Genesee River, but is now underutilized and in disrepair. It sits above the Genesee Crossroads Garage. 
 
The city plans to spend $4 million to rehab the garage and rebuild the park. It’s soliciting ideas for the park design. 
 
“We want to kind of hear what would draw people to this area and what keeps them from coming to this area,” said City Engineer Jim McIntosh.
 
Chris Hill manages First Federal Plaza, which overlooks the park. 
 
“It’s right here in the center of downtown, it’s on the river and it’s kind of laying in waste, unfortunately,” Hill said. “I see it as a great venue for people to go and walk their dog or meet and enjoy a beautiful spring summer or fall day or even some big events.”
 
A skateboard park had been proposed for the site, but downtown property owners complained. Now the skateboard community is back to looking at its original choice, land underneath the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Bridge.
 
There will be a meeting to discuss the park Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on State St. People can also submit ideas via text message or email. 
 

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